Perfect Predator interesting back over hurdles at Stratford on Saturday
Hugely encouraging runs from both Dickens and Hotter Than Hell on Thursday supported the view that the Barbury horses are firing on all cylinders again, and, hopefully, we can look forward to a profitable September.
We have just the two Saturday runners on the Flat this week-end. Just In Time was only shaken off in the last 300 yards in a competitive handicap at York last time, and, while the Old Borough Cup at Haydock looks equally tough, the form of our horses suggest he might be able to improve on that.
Our other runner is Chinese Whisperer at Kempton, and remember his last run on the all-weather produced a 20-1 win at Wolverhampton. Granted, that was on the tapeta and he will now be on polytrack, but he is one of the three horses in the Barbury Lions (5) syndicate, and after Tronada at Bath they are on a high.
We have Perfect Predator returning over jumps at Stratford. He twice ran well at Doncaster either side of Christmas, being desperately unlucky not to win on the first occasion, and if he can reproduce that form after two runs on the level in July, he would be interesting.
Fidux is also in action at Stratford, where he ran really well to finish second last time. He has been consistent over fences, and, though he gets little help from the handicapper, he is so reliable that he could again be in the mix.
Dino Velvet also runs over hurdles there. He has had a wind operation since disappointing in the Summer Hurdle at Market Rasen’s big meeting in July, while Harrowby, absence since Cheltenham on New Year’s Day, reappears in their bumper.